Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to four days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
At Rainbow Cinemas & Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The auditoriums show recent blockbusters at 16 multiplex theatres that spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre?s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditorium at the Rainbow Cinemas Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
Founded in 2010, Canada Rugby League acts as the governing body over all things rugby league, a fast-paced style of play emphasizes speed and momentum. The organization oversees the operations of Canada's national team, the Wolverines, in addition to domestic club games, community leagues, and developmental programs. Indeed, the CRL claims responsibility for many different branches of the sport. That's because the CRL is committed to reintroducing rugby to fans and players of all ages on a national scale. The organization hopes to infuse Canadian summers with new, rugby-related experiences that exceed the intensity of competitive sun bathing matches.
West Indian and Caribbean cuisine are the stars inside Coconuts' festive, sprawling restaurant, which flanks a breezy outdoor patio replete with a red wooden deck. A steel-topped bar furthers the atmosphere of fun, and a pool table infuses the space with a relaxed lounge vibe. On Sunday nights, a 14-item buffet feeds families and their favourite strangers, and live DJs dispense rhythmic diversions and free legal advice in rhymed couplets.
Now a full-time author and fixture on the public-speaking circuit, Lee Cockerell retired from his post at Walt Disney World in 2006 after establishing himself as a management and hospitality-industry innovator. As the Senior Operating Executive for 10 years, Lee led a Disney team of 40,000 employees and managed the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and Mickey's entire entourage.